Low Key Fun

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – July Covid-19 P.A.D. – Day 23
You Say It’s Your Birthday

“Another celebration that has been placed on hold were the obvious birthdays. If there was a birthday for someone near and dear to you, use this opportunity to write them a tribute poem for their special day. Or write about a memory of a birthday from your past. We’ll keep the candles lit for you to blow out.”

Sixteen, chocolate-
colored dress
with attached white
tie, upswept hair,
hoping to look
sophisticated. Famous
ice cream parlor
in Brooklyn–our
gathering place
for my birthday. We
brought a record player
and a bunch of 45s–not
people, records–among
them, Sixteen Candles.
Some friends, some family,
lots of laughter,
and excellent ice cream.
I do not recall most
of my birthdays,
but that one stands
steadfast in my mind.
So too, the age.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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